Are you working in the area of Global Citizenship Education or educational innovations? Do you think that education can change the world around you for the better? If your answer is yes, Bridge 47 welcomes you to participate in a call for innovative educational projects.

On Thursday October 4th 2018, IDEAS' members gathered together for an event at Scottish Parliament sponsored by Ross Greer MSP, titled 'Equity and Excellence through LfS'. With guest speakers including pupils from St. John's Academy and Carnoustie High, our focus was on the vital role of Learning for Sustainability in closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

This Thursday, 4th October 2018, we'll be at the Scottish Parliament with young people, practitioners and stakeholders from around Scotland for our Equity and Excellence Through LfS event.

Events for week 4 of Global Citizenship month

To mark the start of the new school year, software developers onebillion are highlighting an innovative UK aid project.

How can global learning support the building blocks of education?

September is now officially Scotland's Global Citizenship Month, with events and challenges taking place across the country encouraging citizens to engage thoughtfully but critically with the world around them.

Project Managers meet in Oxford for the final time.

Scotdec are seeking a qualified Secondary teacher, with recent experience in the Scottish education system, to support the implementation of Global Citizenship project Global Issues, Global Subjects (GIGS) and delivery of professional learning in Global Citizenship.

Scotland's International Development Alliance latest newsletter is now online

Scotland's Development Education Centres have launched a survey aimed at secondary school teachers, entitled Global Issues - Global Subjects.

The very inspiring Ell Merchant, who volunteers for IDEAS member Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC) in Aberdeen, tells us all about becoming an Ambassador for Scotland's Year of Young People and the role of young people and the Global Goals in Scotland's future.

IDEAS is currently recruiting new Trustees for its Executive Committee and would welcome applications from enthusiastic and committed individuals who could contribute to making sure that education in Scotland develops young people who can challenge inequality and participate in creating a fairer future for all.

IDEAS is excited to welcome Megan McHaney, who has recently started with us in the role of advocacy coordinator for the recently launched Bridge 47 project, aimed at promoting values-based education internationally.

Christian Aid Scotland has just produced a new 'Window on the World' resource for primary schools, exploring the theme of climate justice both overseas and at home.

The Scottish Government has announced that schools across Scotland will be able to draw on a range of expertise through six new Regional Improvement Collaboratives.

IDEAS would like to congratulate Sally Romilly of One World Centre in Dundee on her fantastic achievement of winning the Special Recognition Award at the Scottish Fair Trade Awards last month.

IDEAS welcomes Penny Mordaunt, the new UK secretary of state for international development, and looks forward to working together to ensure that children and young people are given the education and power to become engaged global citizens.

Vision 2030+, the final report of the Learning for Sustainability National Implementation Group, has been launched by Scottish Ministers, and underlines the importance of Learning for Sustainability as an entitlement for all learners.

Young people in Scottish secondary schools are being encouraged to focus on global issues ahead of the Year of Young People in 2018, through IDEAS’ Young Citizen Advocates series of events.

September is now officially Scotland's Global Citizenship Month, with events and challenges taking place across the country encouraging citizens to engage thoughtfully but critically with the world around them. 

Upcoming events under the Young Citizen Advocates banner have been announced for 2017 - so mark these dates in your diary.

New IDEAS member Bala Sport is a Glasgow based co-operative set up with the aim of ensuring a fair deal for sports ball workers in developing countries.

The Young Citizen Advocates series of events, planned by IDEAS as a way to engage directly with young people and support them to develop their views and voices on global issues, got off to a flying start last week with the inaugural event at Dunfermline High School.

Highland One World is looking for someone with a background in education and experience of working with young people to join its team in the role of Global Education and Youth Officer. The role will involve working to develop and deliver a new EU project called Start the Change!

Monday 19th June is the deadline for applications for funding under the Five Nations Development Projects scheme 2017 - intended for use by teachers who wish to create a small project that supports their work to develop citizenship education or education for active citizenship in their school.

Scotland's Refugee Festival will launch next week, with events taking place across Scotland - and schools can join in by attending events or through organising their own lessons.

Scotdec has a great opportunity for youth workers to take part in its new European project, launching in June.

People in Scotland favour wealth being distributed more equally in Scotland and support stronger political action to narrow the gap, according to new research by Oxfam Scotland.

A social media poll run by IDEAS and partners as part of its Young Citizen Advocates initiative in the run-up to 2018's Year of Young People has so far shown a clear desire by young people to have greater influence over political decisions that affect their lives.

Almost six thousand teachers across Scotland have been reached through the Global Learning Programme Scotland, funded by the Department for International Development.

Three organisations in Scotland will receive major European funding for international projects that will boost global citizenship education and its impact on the Sustainable Development Goals.

IDEAS is extending our work in schools to stage a series of major events directly geared towards young people and increasing their participation in local and global change.

MSPs published their response to the Scottish Government's draft Climate Change Plan last week, saying they were 'disappointed at the lack of detail' and calling for a number of improvements to be made.

A new guide has been published by UNESCO laying out learning objectives for Education for Sustainable Development to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Christian Aid has just launched a new resource for schools to help pupils to think about the challenges and choices facing refugees.

In January, IDEAS hosted a Scotland-wide tour to launch the new edition of seminal global citizenship education book 80:20, Development in an Unequal World by its authors Colm Regan and Tony Daly.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum has launched new Fair's Fair youth packs to help children and young people engage with the concept of fair trade ahead of Fair Trade Fortnight, which will run from 27 February to 12 March 2017.

Organisations with an interest in promoting global citizenship education and rights have the chance to flag up the importance of the subject as part of a Scottish Parliament consultation exercise.

The Children's Parliament has released a report, School Should Be a Joyful Place, drawing on eight years' of work and consultation with children, looking at what children want from education.

The Scottish Government last month published its international development strategy, entitled Global Citizenship: Scotland’s International Development Strategy.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, along with other UK networks, has been awarded a £500,000 Big Lottery grant to develop the two-year Open Government Pioneers Project.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has unveiled plans to develop new routes into teaching, backed by over £1 million from the Scottish Government Attainment Scotland Fund.

A new education project has launched, aimed to provide a more fair, community-focussed alternative to conventional enterprise education.

IDEAS is happy to be collaborating on the launch tour of the new edition of key development education book 80:20: Development in an Unequal World, by Colm Regan and colleagues.

The home of the European Centre of The World Peace Prayer Society is at Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, based near Dumfries in southern Scotland.

International civil society alliance Civicus is calling for input into its strategic priorities for the five years from 2017 to 2022.

The State of Children's Rights in Scotland report has now been published by children's rights alliance Together.

DFID has published the results of its Civil Society Partnership Review, which lays out a new strategic approach to partnership with and funding for civil society organisations.

CONCORD, the network of European NGOs, has just published its 2016 AidWatch report, and concludes that EU aid is backsliding.

IDEAS would like to welcome the Scottish Fair Trade Forum as a member, and we look forward to working together to raise awareness of Fair Trade among the young, particularly at school level.

Scottish Refugee Council has launched a new public campaign, Cup of Tea with a Refugee, aimed at encouraging positive attitudes to refugees across Scotland.

The Scottish Government last month launched its Fairer Scotland Action Plan, to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and ensure a more inclusive Scotland.

Civil society groups are being asked to take part in a consultation as part of the Leave No One Behind programme, to ensure that marginalised and disadvantaged groups benefit as soon as possible from the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Scottish Government has launched a governance review and is seeking views on how education – from early years to secondary schools – is run to ensure that it delivers excellence and equity for all children and young people.

One of our newest IDEAS members, and our most colourful, is Rainbow Turtle, based in Paisley, which is both a trading company, selling Fairtrade products, and a charity.

Connecting Classrooms is offering a new professional learning opportunity for primary and secondary teachers in Scotland to develop their practice in relation to Learning for Sustainability.

The Development Education Research Centre has just published a new podcast called ‘How We can Engage Children in Learning About Global Development Matters'.

Presentations and papers from the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability (TEESNet) conference that took place in September are now available for online access.

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